Two KPU grads honoured with sports writing awards

Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) graduates will be honoured with Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards tonight for excellence in sports reporting.

Scott McKenzie, sports editor at the Nanaimo Daily News, has been named as one of the two best sports columnists in B.C., winning in the outside of Vancouver category. Metro News sports editor Cam Tucker was recognized with the blog writing award for the Vancouver area, along with Jason Brough and Mike Halford for Pro Hockey Talk. Both McKenzie and Tucker studied together in KPU’s journalism program.

"The days in the life of a young journalist are spent working many long hours, and this career requires great dedication. That is a value I learned from the instructors in the journalism program at KPU, and I'm proud to say it has had an impact on this personal achievement,” said Tucker.

“I'm extremely honoured to win this award, especially to be included in a list with so many great sports writers who I’ve grown up idolizing,” added McKenzie. “My instructor Mark Hamilton once told me that, to be a great sports writer, I need to read great sports writing, and the rest of the journalists who won Paul Carson awards are the people whose work I turned to.”

Recognizing excellence in sport broadcasting and journalism, the “Carsonis” are named after former broadcast journalist Paul Carson, who died of cancer in 2010. Presented by the Stadnyk Foundation, the award program also raises funds for cancer research.

Awards will be distributed Feb. 6 at the Lamplighter Public House. Doors open at 6 p.m.; awards at 7 p.m. Tickets – $30 each with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society and KidSport – may be reserved by emailing More information is available here.

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Caption: KPU journalism grads Cam Tucker (left) and Scott McKenzie will both receive Paul Carson awards for excellence in sports journalism.

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Hayley Woodin
Media Specialist, KPU
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